Racial competency resources

Racial competency resources

As we seek to foster empathy for others, it is helpful to understand their background and experiences. We invite you to keep listening and learning with a humble, teachable heart as you grow in your knowledge of black culture, history and trauma.

Teaching kids their worth

Teaching kids their worth

We can affirm children’s messages of value and worth through words and pictures. Here are two recommended children’s books that caregivers can read with their kids about their unique and wonderful qualities.

Building connection after trauma

Building connection after trauma

Childhood trauma often affects an individual’s attachment style. Attachment theory has been used for many years to help build connection in families who have found each other through foster care and adoption.

Self-perception exercise

Self-perception exercise

Today’s mental health minute is a getting-to-know-you exercise. All you need is a piece of blank paper (standard copy paper or notebook paper will do) and something to draw with (crayon, pen, marker, etc.).

Shifting your mindset

Shifting your mindset

Today’s blog post comes from Encompass Therapist Jordan Kamwesa, LPC. Her words acknowledge the tough reality that we are all being stretched with due to the health crisis. Juggling family, school, jobs and the unknown creates stress and tension. She invites us to shift into a growth mindset to help us persevere and love our families a little better each day.

Helping kids win over anxiety

Helping kids win over anxiety

Anxiety is not a fun feeling, but we can learn how to manage it. Lisa Haberbusch, LISW-S, Director of Encompass Central has helped many kids understand and manage this mental health challenge. She recommends “Hey Warrior”–a book for children (ages 5-12+) about overcoming fears and anxiety.

The local church responds and restores

The local church responds and restores

As we acknowledge Mental Health Month in May, we celebrate the ministry local churches providing leadership and compassion for the mental health needs of individuals and families in their communities.

Connecting before correcting

Connecting before correcting

Molly Woods, LSW, a school-based Encompass therapist, recommends “The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family” by Dr. Karyn Purvis who is one of the masterminds behind Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). Dr. Purvis was a child development expert and passionate advocate for vulnerable children. She passed away in 2016. Her life and legacy live on through TBRI and books like this one.

Soup for the grieving soul

Soup for the grieving soul

Talking about emotions doesn’t come naturally to everyone. We don’t always have the vocabulary to name or describe our feelings. Sometimes emotions are strong, overwhelming or just plain hard. Having a tool such as a book or a story can be a helpful way to start a conversation.

Curious about faith

Curious about faith

We are all at different places in our faith journey. There are times when we have no doubts and times when we question much. If you are currently in a season of struggling with faith, we appreciate your honesty and encourage you to keep pursuing truth.

“A Little Scribble Spot” read-aloud

“A Little Scribble Spot” read-aloud

“A Little Scribble Spot” uses simple, effective and creative ways to educate its readers by highlighting emotions with descriptive language and colorful illustrations. It uses these tools to demonstrate how experiencing different emotions at the same time is common and okay as long as they do not overwhelm us.

Daily pause

Daily pause

Meditation, or turning your full attention to God, can be an especially helpful friend right now. Starting a new habit isn’t always easy, but here’s a free Christian app that will walk you through a reset process that’s focused on God’s goodness and care.

Food resources

Food resources

Taking care of your mental and physical health can feel like a huge task with obstacles along the way. We want to support you and connect you to local resources. Here are a variety of organizations helping to ensure that families have access to healthy food.

Gifts abounding

Gifts abounding

We will always have room to learn and grow on our earthly journey. Gaining knowledge from trustworthy sources can help us navigate life, faith, relationships and ourselves better. Everyone has something to glean from this personal memoir by Ann Voskamp.

Five ways to stay connected

Five ways to stay connected

Today’s Mental Health Minute is from Encompass School-Based Therapist Molly Woods. Molly reminds us of the importance of connecting with our family, friends and community. Social connection makes us healthier in many ways. It can lower anxiety and depression, help us regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and actually improve our immune systems.

Counseling Awareness Month

Counseling Awareness Month

Encompass Christian Counseling and our family of ministries is filled with licensed professional counselors who help children and adults achieve their goals through empathy, insight and faith. We are deeply grateful for the contributions of our agency’s counselors...

Support for mental health caregivers

Support for mental health caregivers

We’ve been asked to keep social/physical distance right now to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In response to this change, many organizations are now offering online resources because they understand that needs continue or even rise during crisis.

Parenting from the heart

Parenting from the heart

Encompass clinicians are hosting a four-week parenting series called Parenting from the Heart on Mondays at Parkview Christian Church in Wooster. Designed for parents with children of all ages, we’ll focus on topics relevant to raising today’s kids.

Tools for today, hope for tomorrow

Tools for today, hope for tomorrow

Today, we are excited to share another success story from our intensive trauma treatment, Thrive Trauma Recovery, part of Encompass Counseling. In story #42, Kristina Fryson (MSW, LSW, CTT) shows the powerful difference that effective trauma treatment can make in someone’s life.

There’s more to life than surviving

There’s more to life than surviving

As an agency committed to being trauma effective, we are happy to share a story today from Lindsay DeHaas, MSW, LSW, one of the therapists from Thrive Trauma Recovery. Story #33 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series offers hope to those who may otherwise have a hard time finding it.

Getting close enough to listen

Today, Rebecca Ryder (MA, NCC, LPCC-S), Managing Clinical Supervisor with Encompass Counseling, looks at the transformational role stories have played in her personal and professional life. Entry #22 in our series encourages us all to embrace the privilege of hearing someone else’s story of growth, healing and change.

A new day for Ashley

Today, we’re excited to share Ashley’s video with you as story 17 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series. It is an honor to walk alongside people like Ashley, who has found health and healing for herself and her family during her time as an Encompass Christian Counseling client.

Josie’s triumph

Story 7 from our series takes us to One Heart Stables on the Wooster Campus of CCHO where Encompass Equine Therapist Krista Overmire, LCPC, engages the help of horses to show clients like Josie their true worth in Christ.

Healing for a kindergartener’s heart

Healing for a kindergartener’s heart

In story 6, school-based Encompass Therapist Abby Fischer, LISW, shares about a young student at Triway Local Schools whose life has been changed by supportive mental health services. Abby’s position of working directly in the school system is far from monotonous. After meeting Joey, she knew she would have unique opportunities to keep her on her toes.